Hayley Dewe

Hayley Dewe

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Investigating proneness to anomalous bodily experiences (e.g. Out-of-Body experiences) on illusions of body ownership and event-related psychophysiology.

PhD Supervisor: Dr Jason Braithwaite

Hayley Dewe is undertaking doctoral research into neurocognitive correlates of hallucinatory experiences of the self. Specifically, those prone to anomalous bodily experiences in the general population (e.g. Out-of-Body experiences) and their susceptibility to illusions of embodiment and event-related psychophysiology during the Rubber-Hand Illusion.


BSc Psychology (Birmingham)
MRes Psychology (Birmingham)


Hayley completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by her Masters of Research in Psychology, both at the University of Birmingham.


Hayley is a member of the Selective Awareness and Attention Laboratory (SAAL), directed by Dr Jason Braithwaite.

Neurocognitive correlates of Hallucinations / Delusions / Anomalous Cognition including: 

  • Embodiment & hallucinatory experiences of the ‘Self’ e.g. susceptibility to the Rubber Hand Illusion 
  • Anomalous bodily experiences e.g. Out-of-Body Experiences and Depersonalization 
  • Cortical hyperexcitability & Anomalous perceptions 
  • Sensed presence / Religiosity / Paranormal experiences 
  • Emotional processing & event-related psychophysiology 
  • Perspective-taking mechanisms.

Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham: investigating cortical hyperexcitability and dissociative experiences associated with signs of depersonalization in non-clinical samples.

Other activities

Appeared on BBC News and in regional Newspapers promoting research on the Rubber-Hand Illusion in the Selective Awareness and Attention Laboratory.


View David Gregory Kumar’s report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4mgndAaGdc&feature=youtu.be

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Year 3 module: Hallucinations & Delusions in the Normal, Pathological and Clinical Population


Braithwaite, J.J., Marchant, R., Takahashi, C., Dewe, H., & Watson, D (submitted). The Cortical Hyperexcitability Index (CHi): A new measure for quantifying correlates of cortical hyperexcitability. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Braithwaite, J.J., James, K., Dewe, H., Medford, N., Takahashi, C., & Kessler, K (2013). Fractionating the unitary notion of dissociation: Disembodied but not embodied dissociative experiences are associated with exocentric perspective-takingFrontiers in Neuroscience.  7:719. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00719.

Presentations / Conferences / Posters

Dewe, H., & Braithwaite, J.J (2014). The Dissociated Self: Realistic Threats to one’s own Body Reveals Suppression in Autonomic Emotional Reactivity in those Predisposed to Dissociative Hallucinatory Experiences of the Self. Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience. York, UK. September 2014.

Braithwaite, J.J., & Dewe, H(2014). The dark side of the mind: Inducing anomalous bodily experiences in those predisposed to hallucinatory out-of-body experiences. The Annual scientific meeting of the Psychobiology section of the British Psychological Society, UK. September 2014.

Dewe, H., & Braithwaite, J.J (2014). Neurocognitive correlates of anomalous body experiences with the induction of the rubber-hand illusion. The 25th Anniversary meeting of The British Neuropsychological Society. Oxford, UK. June 2014.

Braithwaite, J.J., & Dewe, H.The dark side of the mind: Inducing anomalous bodily experiences in those predisposed to out-of-body experiences. The Annual conference of the British Psychological Society. Birmingham, UK.May 2014.

Koene, A., Endo, S., Dewe, H., & Wing, A. Hand dominance effects on passer and receiver hand-over dynamics during object transfer. Poster presentation at the British Neuroscience Association, Festival of Neuroscience, London, UK. April 2013.